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Saturday, March 29, 2003

Anchorage man pleads guilty to bank robbery
ANCHORAGE (AP) An Anchorage man pleaded guilty Thursday to robbing a branch of the Alaska USA Federal Credit Union.

Homer man says device could save landfill space
KENAI (AP) A machine capable of shredding trees, lumber and even concrete, could significantly reduce the use of space at landfills, according to a Homer entrepreneur.

Appeals court reverses decision against Fairbanks teacher
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) A Lebanon-born teacher who claimed an Alaska school district discriminated against her was unlawfully denied a permanent teaching position, a federal appeals court ruled Thursday.

Mine workers make mammoth discovery
FAIRBANKS (AP) For the second time this year, workers at True North Mine have found what appear to be mammoth tusks.

House committee overhauls tax measures
JUNEAU (AP) The House Transportation Committee overhauled two proposals by Gov. Frank Murkowski to raise taxes on Alaska motorists during a hearing Thursday.

Coast Guard responds to reported mutiny on fishing boat
ANCHORAGE (AP) The skipper of a fishing vessel was arrested after he reported being held at gunpoint by his crew, Alaska State Troopers said.

Man arrested in 1985 murder
ANCHORAGE (AP) After 18 years, Opal Fairchild's death is one step closer to being solved.

Three indicted in Palmer mans death
ANCHORAGE (AP) Three Wasilla residents have been indicted on murder and other charges in the January death of a Palmer man, Alaska State Troopers said.

Declining sea otter numbers may mean endangered designation
UNALASKA (AP) A dramatic decline in the region's sea otter population is spurring the federal government to recommend they be added to the endangered species list.

Collector turns hobby into unusual tourist attraction
ANCHORAGE (AP) Dave Pahl likes hammers. Claw hammers, blacksmith's hammers, hammers to lay railroad ties. He likes farrier's hammers for shoeing horses and cobbler's hammers for shoeing people.

Seniors have their say on longevity bonus proposal
JUNEAU (AP) Dozens of older Alaskans sounded off Thursday on a proposal to end the state longevity bonus program, saying they need the money for everything from prescription drugs to water bills.

Suspect named in reindeer farm shootings
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) Authorities are looking for a 20-year-old Butte man suspected of shooting seven reindeer five fatally at a farm near Palmer in January.

Man arrested in mothers fatal stabbing near Wasilla
ANCHORAGE (AP) A 27-year-old man with a history of mental illness was in custody Thursday, accused of fatally stabbing his mother with a steak knife inside their home near Wasilla.

Foundation seeks ways to deliver fresh Alaska salmon
ANCHORAGE (AP) When Alaska Peninsula fishermen experimented with sending fresh salmon to Boston last year, they discovered that the most expensive step in the journey was the first.

Bank charges can add up quickly for the unwary
NEW YORK (AP) Most people think of bank fees as just a dollar here, a dollar there amounts too small to worry about.

When should boomers hunt for retirement home? Sooner rather than later
NEW YORK (AP) There was never any question in Holly Wissing's mind about where she and her husband should hunt for a retirement home.

Ramsey continues crusade against debt and overspending
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) A chorus of cheers filled the Cornerstone Church's arena-style sanctuary as Christian financial guru Dave Ramsey snapped a pair of metal scissors.

Executive pay sometimes bloated by padded earnings
NEW YORK (AP) It's not just the excessive executive paychecks that are raising eyebrows. It's how those salaries got so big in the first place.

Watercooler
MIDDLE-AGED MOTIVATION: A new survey indicates the blahs over work affect middle-age workers' motivation more so than for younger and older employees.

Soldotna couple lands $13,500 fish in Homer derby
When whiteouts swept across the Homer Spit last Friday, Greg Lindhartsen and his wife Gloria Adkins hunkered down for the night aboard his 36-foot wheelhouse troller.

Exercisers hop on balance training
WASHINGTON (AP) Top athletes and ordinary exercisers are training in jumping and bouncing as a way to avoid falling down and getting hurt.

Swarner to take charge of peninsula food bank
The face in charge of running the Kenai Peninsula Food Bank will change Tuesday, but the level of dedication in the person filling that position will stay the same.

War touches close to home
HOMER -- Seventeen-year-old Garrett Johnson hoped to create interest in the Web site he made as a community forum for Homer. He never expected the interest to come the way it did.

Dividend application deadline Monday
The deadline to apply for Alaska Permanent Fund dividends is Monday.

Saving Busters Concert to raise funds for cafe
The building that houses Buster's Coffee House in Kenai has been an airport, a music store and a veterans' center before being reincarnated into a coffee bar, mini-restaurant and haven for local musicians. Now those musicians are pooling their efforts to keep it from becoming something else.

Area residents serve in military branches
The following is a list of names and other information on area soldiers sent to th

Reaching out to troops, families
When Jeff Webster tied the first yellow ribbon to a tree in front of his home, it was a simple gesture.

Jonathan H. Link
Superior Court Judge Jonathan H. "Jon" Link died Tuesday, March 25, 2003, at Central Peninsula General Hospital in Soldotna, after a short illness. He was 59.

Raye Marie Mullin
Kasilof resident Raye Marie Mullin died Wednesday, March 26, 2003, at Central Peninsula General Hospital in Soldotna after a long battle with cancer. She was 70.

Coalition wants to know if Nikiski really supports closing one school
My name is Holly Norwood, and I'm part of a coalition of concerned parents called the Nikiski Area

Kenai Performers exemplifies meaning of community theater
As I finish putting the last of the sets away and get the final lost-and-found items back to their owners, I look back over this year's Kenai Performers' musical, "The Wiz," and I am ashamed to realize that I have taken so long to write to my larger community and let you all know how much you are appreciated!

Legislative committee to take testimony on credit-scoring bills
Regarding credit scores and insurance rates, consumers should know that:

No free lunch, but Alaskans still have their dividend checks
The irony should not be lost on any Alaskan: Gov. Frank Murkowski is scheduled to pitch his budget ideas on statewide television the day before the deadline for permanent fund dividend applications.

Its important to relate species life cycle to catch-release fishing
Would that it be that catch and release of salmon is as simple as Mr. Justice claims in his March 18 letter. But it isn't.

Simplicity at center of snowshoeings popularity
PUEBLO, Colo. (AP) Can millions of people be wrong? Not if they're trying to find a sport that is inexpensive, requires no lessons and is as easy as walking.

Mental rewards of walkin in nature surpass benefits of mere physical exercise
I consider myself fortunate and am extremely grateful that I have the chance to walk daily amongst natural settings during the winter months.

Taking time to smell the proverbial roses
Who says there's not enough time to enjoy Alaska's great outdoors? And now that spring has arrived, it is the perfect time to explore those areas that normally only zoom past your windshield en route to other places in the state for business, pleasure, or whathaveyou.

Peninsula mushers unwind after grueling Iditarod race
Now that the Iditarod is over and this year's sled dog season is winding down, mushers are starting to return home -- getting back to all the things that make up their lives when not racing to Nome.

Outdoor Briefs
Fish and Game schedules bear baiting clinics Bear Festival kicks off in Homer Police identify four victims of two B.C. avalanches

Around the Peninsula
Subsistence proposals due Pratt kicks off Bear Festival Teen Center plans workouts Applications for visitor services available Ninilchik fair banquet planned KWF to sponsor willow workshop Spay-neuter clinic offered KPC council meeting scheduled

Rabbis of Reform Judaism select first woman president
NEW YORK (AP) California's Janet Marder has been chosen the first woman to lead the rabbis in Judaism's liberal Reform branch.

Religious public relations group honors Boston Globe, Dallas Morning News
NEW YORK (AP) The Boston Globe's religion writer, Michael Paulson, and The Dallas Morning News have won honors in annual awards given by public relations officials with religious organizations.

Mississippi university reinstates science chief after intelligent design dispute
COLUMBUS, Miss. (AP) After an evolution dispute, Mississippi University for Women has rescinded its decision to remove Nancy Bryson as head of its science and mathematics division.

At 90, mutual funds wizard John Templeton promotes scientific research about God
NEW YORK (AP) Jesus warned that you cannot serve God and mammon,'' referring to worship of wealth. John Marks Templeton has tried heed those words by making money, but then harnessing that vast fortune to explore the nature of spirituality.

Episcopal Church panel opposes any decision on homosexuality this year
NEW YORK (AP) An Episcopal Church report says the denomination should not try to set a policy on ceremonies to bless homosexual couples because we are nowhere near consensus.''

Evangelist Luis Palau hosts a beach party for Fort Lauderdale collegians
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) As college students celebrated spring break, Christians sponsored a giant admission-free beach party led by Argentine-American evangelist Luis Palau.

Someone in Iraq loves you
North Korea. 1952. January. As the quiet snow gently falls, two Marines share a candy bar in a foxhole.

South Carolina city council approves atheist to deliver invocation
CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) The Charleston City Council decided to open a meeting with an atheist's invocation.

Church Briefs
Author Querin to speak Womens retreat planned Biblical weight loss class slated Passover seder presented Native fellowship to meet Conference studies Genesis Friendship closet open Healing Rooms open Religious poetry solicited Christian group holds contest

In an age of terrorism alerts, Mormons have advantage long tradition of preparedness
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) Dale and Pat Kimsey started back in the 1970s by storing a few extra cans of food under the bed, just in case.

Russian court legalizes textbook critical of Jews
MOSCOW (AP) A Russian court decided Monday there's nothing illegal in a government-endorsed textbook that describes Jews as power-hungry and greedy, a rights group said.

Magic master Minnesota
ORLANDO, Fla. Tracy McGrady scored seven of his 30 points in the final 3:54 and outdueled Minnesota's Kevin Garnett to help the Orlando Magic defeat the Timberwolves 110-107 Thursday night.

Tampa ties up Devils
TAMPA, Fla. Vincent Lecavalier scored a power-play goal to tie it with 5:25 left in the third period as the Tampa Bay Lightning and New Jersey Devils played to a 2-2 draw Thursday night.

Kansas, Kentucky, Marquette also earn place in elite eight at NCAA tournament
ANAHEIM, Calif. Arizona took all the drama out of this one early.

Ninilchik maroons Angoon
The Ninilchik School girls high school basketball team began its state 2A title defense with a 55-27 victory over Angoon Thursday at the Alaska School Activities Association State 2A Championships at Service High School in Anchorage.

Tiger not only show at The Players Championship
PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. Believe it or not, there's more than one player in The Players Championship.

Harrick quits Georgia, retires from coaching
ATHENS, Ga(AP) Georgia coach Jim Harrick resigned Thursday amid a scandal in the basketball program, then announced he was retiring.

Plushenko takes crown
WASHINGTON (AP) The favorite's role agreed with Evgeni Plushenko, even if he didn't have his very best stuff.

The Next Level
Zobeck plays baseball at Cornell College Christensen letters in basketball Reemtsma plays soccer at Cedarville Krusen earns All-Conference honors

Sports Briefs
Soccer club to hold tryouts KPHA squad gets third at state Soldotna Whalers win Soldotna tourney Relative of Texas Ranger is POW Astros place Reynolds on waivers

Biologist big on owls
FAIRBANKS When owls speak this spring, Jack Whitman will be listening.

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